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What should you backup?

Iseek computing isn’t just a retail store, we also have a workshop and onsite technicians that can help people with their computer, network, software and printer issues. One of the most common mistakes we see from our customers is incorrect backups. 

With the introduction of Windows 10 came new built in features to assist with the running of your devices. There should be no excuse for not having a backup of some form for your device these days. The problem is, most of you probably don’t know it is a built in option for you to do. 

With the end of support coming to Windows 7 in January 2020 a lot of you will need to look at getting a new computer. So today you are going to learn what you should do when you get your new device. 

Create a Recovery Drive 

  1. Insert a USB or plug in an ext hard drive 

  1. Left click on your Win10 icon bottom left corner of your screen and type recovery 

  1. Click on Create a Recovery Drive 

  1. Follow the prompts to create the recovery drive 

Now you have your Windows system back in the event your operating system is corrupted or crashes. You can now look at setting up a regular data backup. You have two options in the way you backup your data stored on your computer. 1. Cloud storage (internet based) 2. External Hard Drive (HDD). This is how you can back up to an external HDD: 

  • Plug in an External HDD 

  • Left click on Win10 icon bottom left corner of your screen and click on settings icon

  • Click on Update and Security then on Backup 

  • Click on Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) 

  • A window will pop-up where you can select the drive for your external HDD – click on Next 

  • You can then select what you would like to backup – click on Next 

  • Click on Save settings and run backup and your first backup will run 

  • Microsoft will automatically run this saved backup on Sunday 7pm by default. If you wish to change this you will need to click on the Change schedule 

To back up to the cloud you will require a OneDrive account. If you have one of these then you may already have your backups setup to this. If you don’t then that is a topic for another day. 

So now you will have both a Windows Recovery Drive and a Data Backup should anything unexpected happen to your device you can go back to these to recover your device to working order. 


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